Hands down, the number one area my clients lack "design confidence" is with shelf styling...and with good reason. Even for interior designers, shelf styling can be hard. The good thing is, we've already covered a lot of the basics in our past Pep Talks. The same rules we apply to mixing styles and using texture in rooms, we apply to styling shelfs.
After all these Pep Talks, I thought a break for some "retail therapy" was in order. As an interior designer we have a lot more vendors to source product from than the general public, but if you follow me on Instagram you know I have a deep love for Target. Their new Opalhouse line had some great pieces for our Indiana beach house project.
With the launch of the Pep Line, I couldn’t think of a better Pep Talk than pillows! As a designer, I love throw pillows. They can instantly change a room and not only serve as décor, but also functionality. However, with the abundant number of options on the market, it’s easy to become overwhelmed shopping for the perfect pillows. Here are a couple rules of thumb I tend to shop by.
See what I did there…I didn’t even use that word (ahem, wallpaper). I’ve learned better. After years of raised eyebrows and hesitations, I’ve learned better. Wallpaper has a bad rap, and truth be told, I get it. I’ve been part of many remodels where we remove the 80’s fruit border from the kitchen or the burgundy with gold pin dot in the bathroom. But let’s face facts…wallpaper has come a long way and it’s time to embrace it!
Can we stop a minute and recognize how many interior design styles are “in” today? While it is an exciting time to have so many styles available, I can also see it being extremely overwhelming. So let me give you a quick Pep Talk: it’s okay to embrace all of them. Even in the same room. Just like I am about mixing textures, it’s more than okay to mix styles.
Now let’s break down why I love texture so much with a Pep Talk: it adds layers to your room. It keeps people engaged with the space, almost intrigued wondering what is it about this room they love so much that they just can’t put their finger on. Texture! Outside of the obvious fur and velvet, the subtle textures are where all the magic lies.
I love designing interiors for people and I love it even more when my clients get involved; when the design process doesn’t feel so overwhelming to them anymore and they start to develop their own, unique style. I’m hoping that via Pep Talk, in collaboration with the world wide web, I’m able to encourage even more people to find their inner designer.